​Oneida County History Center

Make Your Mark in History 

The 35th Anniversary Edition of Joe Kelly's Sesquicentennial Scrapbook celebrates Utica's history in a series of fun and entertaining vignettes.  Originally written for a weekly column in the Observer-Dispatch to commemorate  the city's 150th anniversary.

The Balance of Justice: the Utica Streetcar Murder of 1872, a novel by local author Eileen Sullivan Hopsicker, is based on the fascinating life of one of upstate New York's most remarkable women. 

Membership is one of the most rewarding ways to experience Oneida County's past, present, and future.
Saturday, December 16 at 1:00 PM- The Erie Canal and the Birth of American Religion

Dr. Brent Rodriguez-Plate explores the religious life established by the Erie Canal and its influence on religiosity across the continent and the globe.  This illustrated talk explores how the canal cultivated extraordinary experimental spiritual groups and engendered the religiously infused social movements of abolition, women's suffrage, and temperance.

Wednesday, December 27-Saturday, December 30- Funtrak Model Railroad Club Train Display

The Frankfort United N-Trak (FUNTRAK) Model Railroad Club returns to the OCHC for their annual post-holiday exhibition. Come enjoy the club's displays and talk rail history with fellow enthusiasts of all ages. The model trains will be displayed in our main gallery throughout the week.  Free and family friendly.

Monday, January 8 at 7:00 PM- A Whiskey Bottle, Hamilton College, the Pure Food and Drug Act, and Hollywood

Join the Mohawk Valley Antique Bottle club for their monthly meeting and a presentation by Dr. David A. Gapp.  Dave will share his story of a backyard discovery.  This “history in a bottle” weaves a tale that shows how a whiskey bottle, the Pure Food and Drug Act, Hamilton College, and muckraker journalist Samuel Hopkins Adams are connected. Free and open to the general public.

Saturday, January 13 at 1:00 PM- History Show & Tell

History show & tell returns to OCHC.  Come share your story and the stage with special guest Frank Tomaino and your host, Joe Kelly.  Bring an old photograph, personal artifact, or other memorabilia.  Community members are invited ‘show & tell’ or just listen.  Free and open to all ages.

Saturday, January 20 at 1:00 PM- Let’s Throw some Stones! 150 Years of the Utica Curling Club

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Utica Curling Club (UCC) and discover the rich history of curling with club President Roger Rowlett.  Grab your friends and come learn about this unique sport with deep roots in Oneida County.  

Saturday, February 3 from 1:00-3:00 PM-  Black History Month Celebration

The OCHC is proud to host the Utica/Oneida County Branch NAACP Annual Black History Month Program. This celebration will include guest speakers, poetry recitals, dance presentations, musical performances, and more. Details TBA.

new to the ochc bookstore!

2017 Living legends & Hall of fame 

The Research Library, Exhibits, and Bookstore at 1608 Genesee Street will be closed Saturday, December 23- Monday, December 25. We will re-open & resume normal hours of operation on Tuesday, Decemeber 27.  Thank you! 
The Oneida County History Center has named Mary Bottini the 2017 Volunteer of the Year!  Volunteers, such as Mary, are vital to the daily operation and long-term care of the history center.  Mary was voted 2017 Volunteer of the Year by her co-volunteers, history center staff, and the Board of Trustees. 

Mary, a volunteer with over 7 years of dedicated service, is responsible for maintaining the history center's map collection and assists with bulk mailings, special events, fundraisers, telethon registration, and works multiple shifts at the OCHC satellite bookstore at Sangertown Square Mall each December. 

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2017 holiday hours

OCHC Returns to sangertown December 9th-23rd

Hours of Operation

Exhibits, Bookstore, & Research Library

Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

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The Oneida County History Center returns to Sangertown Square Mall this holiday season.  Visit our satellite bookstore in the Macy's wing December 9-23, 2017 for a great selection of local history books and merchandise.  Every purchase benefits the history center and helps to ensure the preservation of our local history and heritage for generations to come.

Monday-Friday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm, Sundays 10:00 am - 6:00 pm 
Welcome to the Oneida County History Center, where history is yours to discover, explore, and enjoy!

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mary bottini ~ 2017 volunteer of the year